BMG is pleased to present SMOKE . A group show featuring the delicate and sophisticated vessels of the smoke and saggar fire by Judy Blake. Paintings by Cathy Ross, collaboration by John Pottle and Skot Murray – photography by James Wilson and paper weaving by I-Chun Jenkins
And a few surprises….
Running until Oct 19.
Judy Blake – Artist Statement
Years ago as a young artist, I encountered the burnished, unglazed pottery of the Southwest Native Americans and the Mata Ortiz of Northern Mexico. I became completely captivated by the sensual beauty and surface qualities of those timeless vessels and the unpredictable firing processes used to create them. Since that time, I have worked to emulate these fascinating surfaces by using fire to breathe life into my work.
Natural beauty is also an inspiration in my work – the graceful, undulating curve of an eggplant, the delicate fronds of a woodland fern or the exquisite beauty of a humble seedpod. With each piece, I am interested in finding a subtle balance between strength of form and sense of presence. Creating this kind of work brings great joy and satisfaction in the making of the pieces and the gathering of the combustible materials used in the firing processes. My work continues to evolve as I search for ways to enrich the surfaces of my vessels, creating forms with simple lines and generous curves that become canvases for painting with fire.
! It is my hope that my vessels fill the viewer with a sense of mystery and wonder, drawing them beyond the soft light of the clay’s surface and into a landscape infused with exciting visual textures and subtle patterns of colour and earthiness.